Writer’s & Photographers Guidelines

Deer & Deer Hunting

Writer’s and Photographer’s Guidelines for Print Publications

As the masthead implies, this is a specialized magazine devoted to deer and deer hunting (with a strict emphasis on white-tailed deer). Readers include a cross-section of the deer hunting population: individuals who hunt with bow, gun or camera.

The editorial content of the magazine focuses on white-tailed deer biology and behavior, management principles and practices, habitat requirements, natural history of deer, hunting techniques and hunting ethics. We also publish a wide range of “how-to” articles designed to help hunters locate and get close to deer at all times of the year. Most of our readership consists of three-season hunters (bow, centerfire/shotgun and muzzleloader) and about one-third camera hunt.

Feature articles dealing with deer biology or behavior should be documented by scientific research (the author or that of others) as opposed to a limited number of personal observations.

Freelance material is also accepted for one of our regular departments. “Deer Browse” contains short items reporting unusual observations of deer behavior, unique hunting experiences and newsworthy information.

Deer & Deer Hunting is published 10 times annually. Cover dates for the eight regular issues are January, March, June, Summer, August, September, October, November and December. The remaining issue, the Deer Hunter’s Equipment Guide, is distributed to subscribers and newsstands in early August. Another special issue is produced in October.

Manuscripts and Queries

Length: Features – 1,000 to 2,000 words. “Browse” – 200 to 500 words.
Query letter is appreciated giving brief description of subject matter being considered by author.
Photos and/or artwork appreciated with articles, but are not mandatory.
Payment upon publication.
Features $150 to $600
“Browse” $25 to $250

Manuscripts should be submitted in a Microsoft Word or text-message file. They can be e-mailed to the editor.

 E-mail queries are preferred. (gordy.krahn@fwmedia.com)

Authors and photographers are required to sign publishing contracts.


We prefer action shots of white-tailed deer, as opposed to portraits. We also use photos showing hunters engaged in deer hunting and related activities. For the front cover we prefer vertical transparencies that have ample space at the top of the photo to allow for the magazine masthead. We use only photos of live deer in natural settings for the cover of the magazine, however, tastefully done photos that show hunter-killed deer will be considered.

We accept digital photos only.

Digital photos should saved as high-resolution tiff or jpeg file formats. Minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Photo Payments

Photo payments are made at the time of publication. A sample copy of the magazine is also sent with payment.

Payment Rates:

Cover:   $400
2-page spread:  $200
1 page to less than full spread:  $100
Less than full page:  $50
Spot photo (less than 1/4 page):  $25

All contributors are required to sign editorial/photography contracts.

Send queries, manuscripts and photos to:

Daniel E. Schmidt, Content Director


Or via regular mail:


Daniel Schmidt

Editor in Chief Deer & Deer Hunting

5225 Joerns Drive

Stevens Point, WI 54481